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Ms. Leishman from San Francisco CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

How Do I Learn?

My students need an easy to understand and visually compelling book to learn about their brains and how they work and Seymour Simon's book on the Brain is just such a book.

  • $202 goal

This project expired on May 17, 2018.

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My Students

My students are diverse ethnically, financially, and academically. Many of my students come from homes where English is not the primary language and often there is no one at home to help with homework.

Fifth grade is a critical step for all students.

For some, it is their last year at the only school they have known since they began their education. It is our last opportunity, as a school, to insure these children have the skills and strategies they need to be successful in their future education.

My Project

In order for students to take responsibility for their learning it is important to break the stereotype they have carried around for years about their having a fixed intelligence. By the time kids come to 5th grade they think they know who the smart kids are and the not as smart kids are.

There is no such thing as a fixed intelligence.

Our brains are a complex, vibrant, and ever changing organ. I am requesting a class set of Simon's The Brain Our Nervous System for my students to read and explore. By learning how their brains work and how neural pathways are formed, students can begin the journey of becoming active learners.

After reading about the brain and using the Mind Up program to studying about the many ways to learn and the importance of perseverance, passion, and self confidence, I am hoping to launch my 5th graders into middle school as more optimistic and reflective learners.

Ms. Leishman
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 25 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Brain Our Nervous System • AKJ Education $5.10 25 $127.50

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